The Sierra Club Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guide
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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Twain also lamented the restraints imposed on the imagination by the
conventional writing process itself, that is, by physically writing a story down with
a pen: With a pen in the hand the narrative stream is a canal; it moves slowly,
A Creative Guide John A. Murray. sensitive to the closing of a narrative, and,
regardless of the strength of the rest of the piece, will feel considerable
disappointment if the writer fails them at this crucial moment. It is probably not an
This does not mean, however, that word pictures are a thing of the past and
should be foregone in the interest of a fast-paced narrative full of action and
compelling character revelation. To the contrary, word pictures are one of the